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fanfic: Father Figure

Written for Primeval100 challenge 71: Family

Title: Father Figure

Author: Athene
Fandom: Primeval
Characters: Connor
Rating: PG            
Warnings: a tad angsty
Spoilers: none
Challenge: Family
Word count: 100
Disclaimer: Not mine. ITV and Impossible Pictures own them.

 

            Connor never knew his father. As a child, he entertained himself with made-up stories where he and his dad somehow found each other, and went on palaeontological expeditions and had wild and dangerous adventures together. In his imagination, his father was always handsome, brave, and intelligent. He was a hero.

In his imagination, his father wanted him.

            Connor understands about paternal role-model substitution. He tries not to think about it too hard, especially when every word of praise or approval, every smile, every touch from Cutter reminds him of those childhood fantasies.

            He suspects Freud would have a field day.

 

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fredbassett From: fredbassett Date: September 10th, 2008 06:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Angsty, but still sweet :)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: September 10th, 2008 06:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
The first version wasn't quite that angsty, then it had a bit of a last minute re-write. Maybe I need to write a fluffy/funny drabble to counteract the angst now *grin*
telperion_15 From: telperion_15 Date: September 10th, 2008 06:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awwwwwww... *pets Connor*

Wonder what Cutter would think about this! *g*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: September 10th, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wonder what Cutter would think about this!

He'd probably be quite startled, and maybe feel the need for a 'sensible chat'. Or more likely he'd panic and run a mile!
lukadreaming From: lukadreaming Date: September 10th, 2008 07:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think this is a fabulous drabble. And the angst works!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: September 10th, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks for having a look at it for me. I faffed around with the tense in that bit you pointed out for so long that in the end it was easier to delete the entire sentence and do something else, and I think the new version works better anyway.
lukadreaming From: lukadreaming Date: September 10th, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree -- I think this version is absolutely spot-on! Very angsty.
verito295 From: verito295 Date: September 10th, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awww sad but very introspective, I love the fact that Connor is fully aware of it and somehow it seems fitting for him to be child of a single parent.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: September 10th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I had a whole family back-story worked out for Connor ages ago, where both his parents died when he was young, but then in 2.1 he mentioned his mother and blew my idea out of the water. Sodding canon *sulks*.

But I'm glad this seems to work with the character.
verito295 From: verito295 Date: September 10th, 2008 07:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL Bloody FWIC ruining everything.
No honestly speaking Connor gives me the impression of a child grew up with a single mom for some reason or maybe with a fairly absent father who paid no mind to him and how brilliant he is.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: September 10th, 2008 08:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can see how that fits the character, especially given the way he so obviously looks to Cutter as a mentor, and seems to want Cutter's approval all the time. Awww, poor Connor *pets*.

For some reason my background idea had that his parents died when he was young and he was raised by his grandmother. I have no idea where that one came from, or why I thought it fitted, but that's what I've always had in the back of my mind whenever I'm writing, even if it never gets mentioned. Ever since 2.1 I've had a vague dilema over whether to keep it, or whether to go with canon in future fics.

It's always interesting to see what different back-stories people come up with when canon doesn't give us anything to work with (and to see the reactions when canon comes along later and stomps our lovely fanon).
fififolle From: fififolle Date: September 10th, 2008 08:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
OMG Brilliant! *laughs nervously* I love those books where the long lost Indiana Jones father comes good. Poor Connor. *hugs him* This is a drabble of genius.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: September 10th, 2008 08:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
poor Connor indeed *hugs him as well*.

But at least now he has Cutter to be a handsome, brave and smart substitute hero. Because there's absolutely no bad and wrong relationship vibes going on there at all, honest. *sidles away looking shifty*
fififolle From: fififolle Date: September 10th, 2008 09:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
*tries to think of something witty to say*
*fails*
LOL!!!!
telperion_15 From: telperion_15 Date: September 10th, 2008 09:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nope, none at all... No siree! *g*
madscribbles From: madscribbles Date: September 10th, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad I'm not the only one in awe of Cutter. I don't think Connor's reasons are exactly the same as mine, though. ;-)

Love this. Thanks for writing it. *vbg*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: September 10th, 2008 09:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heehee, thanks, glad you liked.
andthedescent From: andthedescent Date: September 10th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aww! Angsty but a little bit sweet at the same time.

I love the last line. That - well, all of it really - strikes me as very Connor.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: September 11th, 2008 07:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I do love that dynamic to the Connor-Cutter relationship.
cordeliadelayne From: cordeliadelayne Date: September 10th, 2008 10:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aw, poor Connor. *pets him*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: September 11th, 2008 07:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Heehee, there seems to be queue forming for Connor-petting after this one *grin*.
bigtitch From: bigtitch Date: September 11th, 2008 09:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, poor Connor!
Great drabble and probably very true!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: September 11th, 2008 12:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glad you liked. It think the entire team dynamics for the lot of them would give any psychologist a headache!
knitekat From: knitekat Date: July 31st, 2009 09:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aww bittersweet angst. Hugs Connor.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: August 2nd, 2009 11:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Poor Connor. I love the way he seems to practically hero-worship Cutter, and this seemed like the best explanation for why he's so desperate for Cutter's attention and approval.
echo_fangirl From: echo_fangirl Date: June 12th, 2011 02:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well at least he knows why he's doing it! (Although I'm sure Nick would be more than a little disturbed if he found out!)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: June 12th, 2011 02:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
lol, I can imagine Nick's surprised expression if he ever found out, and then he'd probably lock himself in his office for a while until he'd decided how to handle it
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